This winning lighting competition concept mined Finland’s particularly temporal experience of light and the site’s industrial history.

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COMPETITION BOARD

COMPETITION BOARD

COMPETITION BOARD

COMPETITION BOARD

PHYSICAL STUDY MODEL

PHYSICAL STUDY MODEL

Description

As part of a winning team, James Carpenter Design Associates’ design concept conflates two specifically local phenomena, the oil silos located along the site’s waterfront and the tradition of building large bonfires (“kokko”) to celebrate the summer solstice, Finland’s national holiday. Both are rooted in collective memories, ancient and modern. Rather than recreating the silos or dissecting the remaining preserved silos, the team proposed centrally illuminating sculptural arrays with warm artificial light that would emulate the form of the silos and the light of the bonfires. 

The outward faces of the planes read in silhouette in the evenings and the lowlight season, reflecting the cool tones of the sky at dusk and night, in contrast with the warm interior surfaces. These minimal structures would serve functional purposes for lighting and register the unique changing atmospheric and natural light conditions, striking a temporal sense of nature and the built environment.

Client: City Planning Board Helsinki Finland
Project Duration: Summer  – Fall 2012
Designer / Artist: James Carpenter Design Associates (James Carpenter / Reid Freeman)
Landscape Architect: Agence Ter
Architect: Heneghan Peng
Lighting Designer: Bartenbach Lichtlabor